After winning four games in the first month of the season, Gustavo Chacin has found the month of May to be much more challenging as he’s now winless in four starts. Minnesota used an eight batter rally in the sixth to end Chacin’s night.
The rally began with a single by Justin Morneau who had struck out in his previous two at-bats versus Chacin. Torii Hunter would then walk, followed by a single by Matthew LeCroy, loading the bases. Blue Jay killer Michael Cuddyer would then hurt Toronto with a two-run double to left, sending Chacin to the showers in favor of Jason Frasor. Chacin would finish going five innings, charged with four runs on seven hits.
Frasor wouldn’t have much luck against the first batter he faced in Catcher Mike Redmond, who singled to center, scoring LeCroy for the Twins fourth run. Frasor would allow another single to Juan Castro before getting Shannon Stewart to ground into an inning-ending double play.
That’s all Minnesota starter Joe Mays would need as he mowed down the Jays on only 93 pitches going the distance, scattering seven hits in his first complete game since August 2002 versus Boston.
Not only did Toronto lose the rubber match of this three-game series, they also lost Third Baseman Corey Koskie, who was thrown out trying to leg out a double, when he fractured his right thumb sliding into second. The veteran could miss anywhere from 6-8 weeks, so the Blue Jays have purchased the contract of Triple-A Shortstop Aaron Hill to fill the void. Hill, in thirty-eight games for the SkyChiefs this season, hit .301 with five home runs and eighteen RBI, before getting the call to Toronto. In order to make room for Hill on the 40-man Roster, the Jays designated 1B Eric Crozier for assignment.
The Blue Jays will now return to Toronto after going 2-4 on the road in Cleveland and Minnesota to host the Washington Nationals for three games. The Jays were 3-3 against the then Montreal Expos in 2004. Ted Lilly (1-4) will try and improve on his struggles as of late as he goes up against Washington righty Claudio Vargas (0-1).
The game on Friday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 7pm EST as well as on The FAN 590AM.
InsideTheDome’s Game Notes: Catcher Gregg Zaun who suffered a concussion against the Chicago White Sox, will begin his rehab assignment this weekend for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats…General Manager J.P Ricciardi announced during his radio segment ‘Wednesday night’s with J.P’ that they have narrowed their pre-draft list to four players (two pitchers and two hitters)…Frank Menechino, who replaced Koskie in the second, picked up two hits in three at-bats.
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